Mar 23, 2018 | By Benedict

Custom car company Hackrod has partnered with Siemens PLM Software with the intention of democratizing engineering design and manufacturing, giving consumers the chance to design their own 3D printed cars. Hackrod is creating a partially 3D printed speedster called “La Bandita.”

Two months ago, we wrote a story on Hackrod, an ambitious California automotive company aiming to change the way customers purchase vehicles.

The startup uses generative design, virtual reality, 3D printing, and a cloud-based supply chain, technologies that allow customers to build their own cars to their own specifications. The company’s staff also have experience in the movie industry, and are actually putting together an action movie involving a large number of partially 3D printed cars.

Don’t think the movie aspect means Hackrod isn’t serious though: the company has worked with 3D printing software giant Autodesk, and has now signed a partnership deal with Siemens PLM Software in order to accelerate a “shared vision of the democratization of engineering design and manufacturing where the consumer becomes the creator in the automotive space.”

“Our shared vision includes optimized aesthetic design, robust validated engineering, complex advanced manufacturing, and rapid in-situ quality assessment,” said Dr. Slade Gardner, Hackrod CTO, of the partnership with Siemens.

(Images: Hackrod)

“Because the Hackrod vision includes rapid data collection for product design and iteration and customized manufacturing of sophisticated mechatronic systems, Siemens’ hardware connectivity for Industrial IoT and multi-axis additive manufacturing are critical to success. The products of our partnership will illustrate the impact this team will have with access to world class digital design, engineering, visualization, manufacturing, and inspection power.”

Using tools from Siemens PLM Software, including its popular NX software, Hackrod now has access to the latest design and engineering tools to rapidly design, test, and manufacture transport solutions without the need for massive industrial infrastructure or tooling budgets.

It’s all part of Hackrod’s plan to develop a platform for truly bespoke aesthetic designs combined with guaranteed engineering solutions. The platform will leverage virtual reality as a design tool, IoT and machine learning to evolve its engineering systems, and industrial 3D printing to produce the hardware that goes into the custom cars.

“Hackrod's vision for automotive design is an exciting and unique use of our design and engineering software, and is completely in line with Siemens’ vision for the future of manufacturing,” said Bob Haubrock, SVP, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. "We look forward to seeing the ‘La Bandita’ speedster and using it as proof of concept for this revolutionary design to production methodology.”

Hackrod says it is inspired by 20th century “Hotrodding” and the tech-savvy innovation of “hacker” culture, both of which can help empower the everyman to create their ideal vehicle.



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